Kazakhstan: one defender arrested, two fined for protestingEvent
- Initial Date
- Jan 28, 2021
- Event Description
A court in northern Kazakhstan has sentenced an opposition activist to jail and fined two other people for allegedly taking part in an unsanctioned rally.
The administrative court in the city of Kokshetau on January 28 handed a 12-day jail sentence to Aslan Qurmanbaev.
Another activist, Marat Zhanuzaqov, and a local resident, Gaukhar Shakenova, were both fined 87,500 tenges ($205).
The case stems from an unsanctioned rally held in Kokshetau's central square on January 25 by hundreds of people angered by what they called the government’s poor results in the fights against corruption and the coronavirus pandemic.
All three defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Shakenova said she did not participate in the rally but was just a passerby.
Kokshetau is a remote city of 146,000 people located 300 kilometers northwest of Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan.
Human rights groups have said Kazakhstan’s law on public gatherings contradicts international standards as it requires preliminary permission from authorities to hold rallies and envisions prosecution for organizing and participating in unsanctioned rallies even though the nation’s constitution guarantees its citizens the right of free assembly.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Right to liberty and security
- Right to Protest
- Community-based HRD
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 28 January 2021, Aslan Qurmanbaev, community-based defender was arrested, while Marat Zhanuzaqov Gaukhar Shakenova were fined for staging a protest against government's corruption and COVID-19 response by a court in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan.